Intellectual property in Bolivia
With over 80 years' experience in IP, Moreno Baldivieso Estudio De Abogados' La Paz-based IP branch, Gabriel Patent & Trademark Office, is very well known for its expertise in contentious and non-contentious patent work and trade mark renewals and registrations. Ramiro Moreno leads the practice; he recently teamed up with associate director Rodrigo Moreno to assist KFC with a trade mark infringement case. Senior associate Freddy Paredes and associate director Yamila Droguett are active on IP work.
Bolet & Terrero
Juan Ignacio Zapata leads the practice at IP boutique Bolet & Terrero, which is noted for its strength in anti-counterfeiting mandates. The team is also active in administrative litigation, franchising, trade mark, patent and regulatory matters. Senior associates Mario Cruz and Carolina Amonzabel are also recommended. Clients are drawn from the pharmaceutical, media, retail and technology sectors, among others.
Estudio Jurídico Orpan
Based in La Paz, IP boutique Estudio Jurídico Orpan, which is led by Pilar Soruco, is notably strong in assisting local and international clients with patent and trade mark-related work. Wolfgang Ohnes is also a key contact. In 2018 Moira Ascarrunz moved to Bufete Aguirre, Quintanilla, Soria & Nishizawa Sociedad Civil – (BAQSN).
In operation since October 2018, Bufete Aguirre, Quintanilla, Soria & Nishizawa Sociedad Civil – (BAQSN) recently incorporated Meliora IP, the firm created by the merger of the IP departments of Bufete Aguirre and Quintanilla, Soria & Nishizawa, as its IP practice. The team is especially active in trade mark infringement work; practice head Perla Koziner represented Louis Vuitton in an appeal before the Supreme Court concerning significant infringement of the client's trade mark. Patent prosecution and filing work is another area of instruction. Forever 21, Bulgari, Bayer, L’Oréal and Starbucks are included in the client roster. Julio Quintanilla is noted for handling trade mark litigation. In 2018, Moira Ascarrunz joined from Estudio Jurídico Orpan, and in 2019 senior associate Ana Valeria Escobar left to join FERRERE.
Lindsay Sykes and senior associate Carolina Finfera share leadership of FERRERE’s IP department, which operates out of the Santa Cruz and La Paz offices. The team handles, among other areas, trade mark registrations and filings, licensing agreements, anti-counterfeiting work and data privacy matters. Sykes and Finfera manage Laboratorios Sophia’s trade mark portfolio locally and assist the client with administrative matters relating to the portfolio; other mandates saw the group assist Rigo Trading with contentious work relating to its trade marks. Other clients include Bayer, Genomma Lab Internacional and Óptica Santa Lucía. Associates Ximena Zapata and Brenda Eterović are also recommended. In May 2019, senior associate Ana Valeria Escobar joined the department from Bufete Aguirre, Quintanilla, Soria & Nishizawa Sociedad Civil – (BAQSN).
The practice at Guevara & Gutiérrez S.C has particular expertise in trade mark litigation, registrations, renewals and filings, and counts patent work - notably in the pharmaceutical sector - as a growing area of instruction. Marcos Mercado, noted for his 'excellent knowledge of trade mark law', and Jorge Inchauste jointly head the 'very responsive' department; the pair advised Alicorp on transferring a portfolio containing over 70 trade marks following its acquisition of a Bolivian company, as well as acting for Institut National de L'Origine et de la Qualité and Interprofession du Gruyére in trade mark opposition litigation. Other clients include Marriott International, Samsung and American Airlines; Gilead Sciences is a key client in the patents area. Diego Benavides is an expert in trade mark work.
Landívar & Landívar Attorneys At Law
Patents work is a core capability of La Paz-based boutique Landívar & Landívar Attorneys At Law's practice, although the department is strong across the full range of IP matters, including trade marks, web domain rights, copyrights and industrial designs. BMW, Palmolive, Microsoft, Pfizer and Siemens are prominent clients for the firm. Martha Landívar and Isabel Landívar are the key partners.
Anti-counterfeiting work is a key pillar of Cervieri Monsuárez & Asociados' practice, which also counts trade mark registrations and cancellations as core strengths. Mónica Rivero is well known for her anti-counterfeiting expertise and attracts praise for her 'holistic vision'; she jointly heads the practice with IP litigation expert Diego Rocabado. Associate Gardenia Revollo assists Rocabado with contentious work; associate Francisca Cisneros specialises in trade mark matters; and associate Javier Espejo supports Rivero on anti-counterfeiting instructions. Clients include Nestlé, Lacoste, Nike and Calvin Klein.
Approaching its tenth anniversary, IP boutique DAK is strong across the full spectrum of contentious and non-contentious IP work, counting internet matters, trade marks, copyrights, licensing and patents as areas of expertise. Based in La Paz, Octavio Alvarez Cechelero, Carlos Arze Díaz, and Pablo Kyllmann Díaz are the key partners; senior counsel Jorge Díaz Blanco is noted.